At the end of last year, we all knew that there was a high-end EOS R series full-frame mirrorless camera in the pipeline after Canon executives confirmed it was being developed. At that time, there were rumors that the snapper would present a high resolution sensor of 75MP or even 83MP.
While we do not have official information on the resolution of the sensor, Canon has informed the world that there is a new high specification camera that will arrive soon in the form of EOS R5. The announcement of the development left much to the imagination, but the little that was revealed has us all tingling with emotion.
While the The EOS R and the EOS RP were great cameras by themselves, disappointed compared to the competition of the Nikon Z7 and Z6, as well as the Panasonic Lumix S1 and Lumix S1R. From what Canon has revealed so far, it seems that the EOS R5 will outperform all the competition, giving us the impression that the Japanese camera manufacturer is struggling to please its fans.
And if the Canon EOS 1D X Mark III is something to go through, the company is proving that it can still innovate and compete. That brings us to the EOS R5, which has all the features of being the most powerful full-frame mirrorless camera to date.
The EOS R5 development announcement was nothing more than a provocation and there are many things we don't know about the next shooter, but this is the first time we have official confirmation of some of its specifications.
So what do we know for sure and what can we expect from the new wonder without a mirror?
EOS R5: prices and availability
One of the big gaps in the Canon EOS R5 development announcement was the price the next camera could take, or even when we could expect to get our hands on it. We are not sure if Canon will fill this void by giving us more information during the CP + photo show that will take place later in February, but the rumors pointed to a possible release date sometime in July 2020.
While that may seem like a long wait, it is quite in line with what Canon did with the EOS 1D X Mark III: the official development announcement was made in October 2019 and the camera was sent only in February 2020.
As for the price tag, we can only assume that it would compete with the Nikon Z7 of 45.7MP, or maybe even with the Sony Alpha A7R IV of 61MP. If that is the case, be prepared to pay something above the $ 3,500 / £ 3,500 / AU $ 4,500 mark.
EOS R5: design
Canon shared a small image of the EOS R5 with the development announcement and just for that reason it is clear that the new camera will physically resemble the original EOS R.
However, the leaked specifications that were revealed by Canon Rumors in January indicate that the multifunction bar on the back of the EOS R will find its way to the next snapper. Instead, the scroll wheel will find its way back.
Speaking about the design of the button on the back, we were curious to see if the Smart Controller introduced in the EOS 1D X Mark III (to accelerate the selection of the focus point) had reached the R5 and the joystick at the rear seems to be One standard and not the touch sensitive option. If the smart controller has been left out, we think it's a shame, since we think it was a brilliant little innovation from Canon.
Rumors also suggest that the R5 will use a new, larger capacity battery, but it is still unclear whether that will affect the overall size of the camera.
EOS R5: sensor and processor
Canon has maintained the resolution of the EOS R5 sensor as a very well kept secret, but rumors suggest it will be 45MP. However, the only thing we know for sure is that Canon will use a "newly designed CMOS sensor" in the new shooter.
We also know for sure that the camera is capable of capturing 8K video (more on that later), which means that the camera would require a sensor with 7680 x 5120 pixels. That puts the resolution of the sensor in the 40MP baseball stadium. However, we will have to wait and see.
While we have no idea about the EOS R5's autofocus system, Canon has confirmed that the next camera will be able to take still images at 12fps bursts when using the mechanical shutter, while equalizing the continuous shooting speed of 20 fps of the EOS 1D X Mark III when using the silent shutter or shooting in Live View.
We hope that the EOS R5 makes use of the new Digic X processor that recently debuted in the professional sports DSLR, although we will have to wait for Canon confirmation about it.
EOS R5: video specifications
This is the main act: Canon has confirmed that the EOS R5 will be able to capture 8K videos. This is the first time that high-resolution recording capacity reaches a consumer-level snapper (which coincides with the new video capability of the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S20), while it is already available on some of the movie cameras Canon premium.
According to Canon, having the ability to shoot in 8K will allow users to extract oversampled 4K videos and "extract high-resolution still images from video footage."
However, we still don't know if the camera will be able to capture 8K RAW images and if a cropping factor will have to be taken into account or if it can be captured in 10: 4: 2: 2-color range, but this puts the Canon EOS R5 firmly in competition with the Panasonic Lumix S1H, which exceeds the 6K video.
Frame rates are also unknown at this time, but previous reports claim that the EOS R5 should be able to capture 8K at 30 fps and 4K at up to 120 fps.
However, the processing power that will be required to record 8K movies would generate a lot of heat, and it is still unclear how the R5 will handle this. According to the images we have seen, there does not appear to be a built-in heat sink, such as the Lumix S1H.
EOS R5: Image Stabilization
Canon has historically avoided adding image stabilization in the body (IBIS) to its cameras, relying on lenses that have built-in stability. What makes the R5 unique, since Canon has announced that the new camera will come equipped with IBIS that "will work in combination with the lens stabilization system" when using glass that comes with built-in stability.
Canon rumors reported in January that the R5 IBIS would grant 5 stability stops alone, but would be affected by "7-8 correction stops when used with lens stabilization." If true, that would make shooting with the R5 a dream and we can't wait to try it ourselves.
EOS R5: connectivity
With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth available on almost all modern cameras, the R5 will definitely have both on board, with rumors that the snapper will support 5 GHz Wi-Fi for faster transfer speeds. We are not sure if the R5 will support only 5 GHz wireless or if, like the Sony Alpha A9 II, it will support both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, as both could attract professionals who still cling to older equipment.
While we don't even know if Canon will use the latest Bluetooth 5.1 standard for wireless connectivity, the company has announced that users can upload images in original resolution and quality directly to the new Canon Cloud Image platform that will be available. as of April 2020.
The EOS R5 will also have two card slots, although no one knows if both will support high-speed SD cards or CFExpress such as the EOS 1D X Mark III.